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Wood Butcher

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  1. This is the problem, where there are no clear reference examples, known to be correct. I do not know what the violin is.
  2. Given the type of bow, and value you are considering upgrading to, I would not consider a repaired bow at this price point. There is the romantic idea, that you can get a wonder bow for the fraction of the price, but at the level you mentioned, I can not see anything good.
  3. I would agree with a lot of this, however the part about Forums is tricky. There are many who write in an authoritative way, and feel obliged to have the last word on every topic, but it's clear are no expert of any kind. Knowing who to listen to can be almost impossible.
  4. The flames are real, and not simulated on the back. It looks like this violin has been revarnished, on the back at least, but the way they have done it, is to apply a heavy brown stain onto the bare wood. The way this has soaked in, and burned the flames completely, has given it an unpleasant appearance. This is why when you move it under a light, the flames will not 'move'.
  5. I think you should stop looking on ebay, and go to a good shop in your area. It's clear from what you have posted, that you are not in a position to tell a good violin from a bad one, and are in great danger of either wasting your money, or buying something, which by the time it becomes useable, has cost more than what it is worth. If you go to a shop, you can try them first, get advice, take one home on a no obligation trial etc, You will know exactly what you are getting, and how it sounds.
  6. Maybe post some pictures which work, otherwise we have no idea what you are talking about.
  7. It is a mass-produced violin, from the Markneukirchen/Schonbach region. Dating from 1900-1910. It needs quite a bit of work, to bring it up to playing standard, after which, it could be suitable for a teenager to learn on.
  8. If it was really going to be worth 20,000 - 35,000, do you think they would want to sell it for 4,000?
  9. This is such a common feature, the idea that it's an identifier for contemporary Bulgarian instruments only, is a complete red herring. While it can be very exaggerated on some modern violins, this principle has been around for well over a century, and probably much longer than this.
  10. Which is what made me think it may not be an ebony board. Although the board is quite dirty, the parts which are cleaner, look a bit brown on my screen. Often, other woods were substituted, in order to save costs. Usually dyed black with a ferric stain, or similar.
  11. It is hard to know which is worse, the violin, or the scroll photography.
  12. Often the result of using a finger(s) on the top, to prop up the hand position, it's fairly common to see on quite old instruments. Before chin rests and shoulder rests, it seems technique was not always what it is now.
  13. The eternal problem with stating anything is the worst ever, is that there will be someone else who has seen it as bad regularly, and worse at times.
  14. I wonder if it is simply the angle of the pictures, because I cannot believe the button could be so huge, and shaped like a child's drawing of a mountain The cello is from the Markneukirchen area, and around 100 years old, perhaps slightly more. The condition looks ok, although a bit poor cosmetically. It seems someone liked to bash the top hard, into anything they could find nearby. I can't tell from the pictures, but is the fingerboard ebonized, rather than actually being ebony?
  15. How can it be terrible violin making, if as a violin, it's agreed upon that it sounds good. Clearly, that is successful violin making, and people have enjoyed playing it, for close to 300 years.
  16. Yes, I only answered it in this way, because the question was asked in that format.
  17. For a total beginner to get started on, none of this is necessary. I would be more concerned about the state of the nut, which will undoubtedly start to eat up the strings. If the person playing it enjoys the violin, and wants to keep going, it would warrant further work then. The pegs don't look great, but it has at least a fine-tuning tailpiece. I would agree that $2,500 is way, way off the mark.
  18. I’m thinking very late 19th century, to early 20th century.
  19. Quite clearly, this violin is dating from around 1900 - 1920s. To those who have seen this type before, it's quite clear what it is. The large number of badly done repairs, may make it seem it has been with us for a longer time, but that is not the case.
  20. It is quite possible, that the workshop made all of its own fittings, bows, cases, parts etc. Despite only the boys being mentioned, there were female members of the family too, who I'm sure will have contributed. In a place like Cremona, with its history of, and abundance of violin makers, it's possible too, that there were other artisans operating, making those items. It is still not clear to me that they made their own varnish, or even applied it themselves.
  21. The downsides are the lack of integrity of the stick, and significant devaluation.
  22. Having gone through this process with planes before, I simply wouldn't even bother. All of the time wasted, plus the expense, still does not guarantee a good end result. The type of clamps they use can be an issue, as Davide has mentioned. Some magnetic clamps are so strong they will distort the body. If you don't have a blade in the plane, the lever set to the tightnesses you would use etc, it will not be flat after grinding. Even if it does come out flat, or at least flatter, you may still want a new blade, chipbreaker, possibly a replacement lever cap. Suddenly, the eBay bargain is double, or triple the price... Knowing what I know now, I'd just look for a used Lie-Nielsen, Clifton, or Vertias plane, if you can't run to the price of a new one. Though I have not tried one, Stanley makes a deluxe type of low angle jack plane. If they are any good, this could be a contender too, although it's not as long as a No.7. Personally, I find a No.7 a bit overkill for violin sized plates, and am happier with a No.5.
  23. Everyone loves a Christmas argument! But on a more serious note, I do agree with @BlankFace. People are coming from such entrenched views, that any meaningful discussion is futile, just descending into insults.
  24. Does silicone not affect varnishing later? My understanding was that silicone is the death knell of finishes.
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